It's just a two week tournament, it shouldn't hamper his development. From the games I can remember last year, Jacob Trouba played a little more conservatively at the WJC than he did for Michigan (and he still racked up 9 points over 7 games). Canada will have better options for the PP, but it's not a let down if Severson makes it as a primary PK guy.
I will be happy that he made the team, but I dont want him on a leash. He has some serious offensive skill.
Serious skill is pushing it. He was hand fed first pairing PP minutes. He is probably a 25-30 point defensmen at the next level.
Even if he only puts up 25-30 (Which I see more as his floor than his ceiling) while being sound defensively, I think everyone would be thrilled. I think Severson has all the tools to be a top pairing defenseman at the next level.
I'm very excited for Severson, admittedly I've only seen glimpses of him in the WHL and AHL.
Last edited by The Great Dame: 08-09-2013 at 01:17 PM.
Steven Santini — D — In a game where defense really mattered, Santini appeared to be Team USA’s most reliable in his own zone. It was good too, because Santini really needed a bounceback game after two very average outings against Sweden and Finland. He played a simple, steady game in his own zone, using his frame well and showing a tremendous defensive stick. Santini’s mobility is a huge benefit to his game and really challenges opposing forwards. He also was doing a great job playing physically, with one of his best hits coming against Connor McDavid. Santini stepped up in open ice right at the defensive blueline and just leveled the phenom who is not usually easy to put a body on. It was good to see such a solid performance for a guy who proved to be a defensive expert at the U18 level last year.
Stefan Matteau — LW — Matteau’s last statement of the camp was, luckily for him, a sniped wrist shot off the rush that ended up as Team USA’s fifth goal. Aside from that, however, he was mostly invisible and had been for much of camp. He had a few good glimpses in the third including the goal, but his play probably makes the USA staff a bit uneasy. He was given a chance to play on the top line with Barber and O’Regan and it didn’t really change much about his effectiveness. The goal was good, but Matteau leaves camp with most everyone hoping for more.
It's amazing how off the hinges and crazy Mattteau seems to be at the younger levels. Pete and co. must have really told him to stay out of trouble with the Devils. I wanted to see some mongrel out of him.
Hope he becomes a Downie type. We need some crazy.
August 18 - no decision, stopped 14 of 15 shots in Gatineau's 3-2 SO win at BLB (played first 30:09)
August 23 - win, stopped 36 of 39 shots, 2 PIM (delay) in Gatineau's 4-3 win at Val-d'Or (played entire game)